I can hardly believe it’s October. We’ve been celebrating our Indian Summer this week with temperatures that feel like early summer. It’s been a nice distraction from the fact that winter is indeed on the way. Thank goodness we have Autumn as a buffer season, right?
Well then, enough chit-chat about the weather – let’s get to it!! I always start out Moving Mountains updates by posting my update first. I thought long and hard about whether anyone would notice if I just skipped my update altogether and moved straight to everyone else. But then I thought, Well, that wouldn’t look very good if the host for these challenges intentionally left herself out. Even if no one else noticed, I would know. Well then, I’d best get on with it (are you sensing the vibe that September goals may not have gone very well for me?)
My goal for September was to move on to Yoga 1.5 and try Hot Yoga for the first time. I have done neither of these two things. I’ve been wanting to move on to the next class but it’s only offered at one time, on one certain day of the week. Honestly, there’s nothing stopping me from making this class; it’s just that it happens to be on a Sunday morning and that is one of only two quiet moments that my husband and I have together during the week, so I’ve chosen not to go. Hot Yoga is still on my list of things to do, but I want to wait until the weather gets colder before locking myself in a 105 degree room for an hour.
This doesn’t mean that I’ve been only going to Beginners Yoga since August, though. I’ve been attending other all-level classes which I am very excited to be posting about next week. My goal for October will stay the same. My instructor said that new classes are added all of the time, so I will get to my next level class, and by this time in November, I can guarantee that Hot Yoga will be a great addition as well.
This is a good lesson to remember: don’t feel embarrassed if you didn’t meet or exceed your posted goal. These monthly updates are to remind you of where you were a month ago and to reflect on where you are now. Any improvement is considered progress, even if it was an unexpected one.
Would you like to participate in next month’s Moving Mountains Update Challenge? It’s easy to do: just post a comment below with a goal you’d like to begin working on or a goal you’d like to improve on, and then mark your calendar for November 7th, where we will all meet back here and share our updates with each other. Remember, it does NOT have to be an exercise goal. It can be ANY goal upon which you’d like to see an improvement.
How Did Our Participants Do Last Month?
Michele continues to have a busy schedule ahead of her, but hopefully that will soon come to an end. For her September goals, she wrote:
I have a new plan of action for what I’m eating during the day, which could be helpful. I’ll let you know how that goes. I’m also going to start attending some Zumba classes this month — a little hesitant, but it could be fun.
Michele has been on hiatus from her blog to concentrate on her studies, so I’m not sure how her Zumba classes have been going. Looking forward to reading an update, Michele!
Jules had a very successful August when she stuck to her food plan and dropped some pounds. With her momentum going at full swing, here’s what she decided for September:
For September my focus is on exercise – sticking to my plan of cardio six days a week and two strength focused classes a week.
Jules, hope you feel like you’re moving in the right direction – looking forward to your update!
Greg has a LOT going on right now with a new baby on the way, so he switched up his goals a bit for September. Here’s a recap of what he wrote:
My goal for this month is to get back to the gym on a regular basis. I’m not going to set a specific number of times I have to go, but my aim is to hit the gym 3-4 times a week. We have a lot going on right now, so hopefully I can meet this challenge.
Being a reader of Greg’s blog, I know that he’s made progress in some areas that he didn’t specifically list; looking forward to hearing about how the rest of your month went, Greg.
Sharon lives in the midst of the beautiful Smoky Mountains, and those of you who read her blog know that she’s an avid hiker. Here were her goals for September:
My September goal is going to move from numbers to exercise. The cooler days are already making me itch to hike and because of our horrid summer temps, I’m neither in the hiking nor biking shape that I want to be entering into prime season. So my goal is to work diligently, deliberately and decisively toward that end so that by October 7 I’m ready. The added benefit is that diligence will pay off at the scale.
Here’s to hoping you had some cooler days to spend hiking on those gorgeous trails, Sharon. Can’t wait to read about your update.
Teresa had very specific goals for the month of September:
My new goal is to track calories all month. I have NEVER committed to this before and only feel confident to do it now because I’ve already started. It’s sort of like a running start at the month. It’s super important for me this month.
This was an impressive goal, especially for someone whose never committed to counting calories before. Teresa, hope you stop by and let us know how things went!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
LauraJayne was hugely successful in her August challenge – yay, Laura! Here’s her goals for September:
My goal for September is much more abstract. I want to achieve a realistic level of fitness (gym + yoga) while still controlling/staying on top of the new work and school opportunities (including my first-ever college teaching position) that have presented myself! Maintaining means so much more for me this month than weight – it means maintaining my positive attitude, managing my stress, achieving what I’ve CHOSEN to take on AND keeping a healthy lifestyle!
Laura, you and I have the same goals as far as maintaining a positive attitude and managing stress. I can’t wait to read about how you juggled everything. Maybe you can give me some pointers!
Ali has had a comfort zone challenge year, it seems. She had a period where she tried a bunch of new things (things I never would have even considered, so I greatly admire her fearlessness!) Here are her thoughts for September’s goals:
My goal for September is to try 4 new classes at my gym! It’s definitely do-able, it’s just a matter of getting up the courage!
Knowing Ali, I’m sure she achieved at least part of this goal. Looking forward to her update!
Marsial decided to rejoin the MM Challenge last month. Here’s her goal for September:
My goal this month will be modest — just return to blogging on a regular basis. I find that when I am blogging, I am much more aware of what I’m eating and I work harder at trying to do some exercise each day. Additionally, I not only learn from other bloggers, I’m often entertained by them — it just makes my day more cheerful.
Well, I happen to know how this goal turned out because I read her blog, but I’ll let her tell you if she felt like she succeeded last month. Looking forward to you checking in, Marsial!
Hanlie has stuck with me during these monthly challenges since the beginning. She is always trying to improve upon herself and last month, her goals were short but to the point:
My goals are to at least exercise a few times per week.
Hanlie, I hope the weather has been cooperating more for you lately, and that you feel you’ve had some successes in this area. Can’t wait to hear from you!
Connie had some very impressive goals for September. She sounds like a Wonder Woman, to me! Here’s what she had to offer-up for the MM Challenge:
My goal in September is to stick with the half marathon training that I’m doing. I’m walking 2 half marathons in October and the training times are getting longer and harder (due to knee problems). On the 17th I have to do 9 miles and on the 24th I have to do 10. The first half is on 10/2 and the second on 10/23.
Connie, I sure hope you circled today on your calendar, because I can’t wait to hear how your 9 and 10 mile walks went, not to mention the first half marathon!
As always, many thanks to all of my participants. I hope you see just how much you can accomplish in 30 days. Post your updates and any new comments below, add a new goal, or just stop by and give some encouragement. Can’t wait to hear from all of you and have a great weekend!